College student dating violence
According to the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, students may feel isolated from personal support networks and resources because they are away from home for the first time.
Sarah Couch, a staff counselor at Lindenwood’s counseling center, said a lot of domestic violence cases go unreported because victims “might not recognize that it’s abuse.” “I find that’s really common,” Couch said.
The students also were asked whether their date had physically assaulted them. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Elizabeth Miller, M. D., director, division of adolescent and young adult medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and professor, pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Nov.
That included such things as being hit, slammed into something or injured with an object or weapon.
“The associations are likely complex and reflective of the many challenges faced by already at-risk populations,” she added.
One pediatrics expert believes that there’s a vicious-cycle nature to the misuse of prescription drugs and dating violence, with each feeding on the other.
Couch said hearing things such as “man up” or “you’re the man in the relationship, get it together” can discourage men from seeking help.
Many times, the abuser will call their partner names while intoxicated so the victim will blame the alcohol, not the abuser, Couch said.
“It is important to pay attention to how sexual violence may be related to other health problems, like prescription drug abuse,” said Miller, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study.
It is also possible that both prescription drug abuse and dating violence have similar to the causes, like mental health problems that occur before the teenage years, she suggested.
“Doctors and nurses caring for youth should be aware that young people who are abusing drugs are also more likely to be in unhealthy and abusive relationships, which in turn can make the drug use worse,” Miller added.
First, her boyfriend made her feel uncomfortable by talking about other girls and how they looked.
Later, alumna Viktoria Muench said he cheated on her, called her worthless and said she would never be successful because she is a woman.